For amateur motocross racers around the globe, the first week in August can be summarized in one word: crucial. All eyes are glaring at the historic Loretta Lynn Raceway, scoping to find the hottest commodity on the verge of stardom. This race can be pivotal, not only for present-day success, but for years and years to come. Krystian Janik had this race circled on the calendar from the beginning of the 2017, working diligently every day to perform at his best. He was prepared to the fullest extent of his ability, when an unfortunate episode of bad luck halted him in his tracks, leaving the week to conclude early. But, just like with any other champion, Janik is already on the road to a come back, beginning to work twice as hard. Taking a break from his strenuous schedule, Krystian was kind enough to offer us some insight of his background, and where he plans to go from here on out.
What attracted you to the sport of motocross? The big air? Speed?
What attracted me to this sport was definitely the speed that’s involved.
If you had to choose your biggest highlight, thus far in your career, what it would be?
My greatest highlight of my career would be when I won my first ever championship, at the Mini O’s.
Being from Illinois, what’s your favorite local track to ride on in your native area?
My favorite local track is Sunset Ridge.
Are there any professionals you look up to? Who’s your favorite and why?
I look up to Ken Roczen, because on the track he wants to win. He always gives maximum effort and tries his hardest to come out on top.
Earlier this year, you competed in the RC Daytona Amateur SX, riding extremely solid; do you enjoy the Supercross style tracks?
It just depends; I do and I don’t. During the Daytona event, I liked the track however. It had a great layout, and it was fun to ride on it.
Numerous top ten’s filled your stat sheet for the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship; how excited were you after that event?
I was extremely excited to finish top ten in my classes against stiff competition.
Was the Junior Moto X event something you looked forward to? Your results seemed to show it.
Yes, this event was something I really looked forward to. I enjoyed all aspects of the whole show, and my results were an indication of that.
How awesome did you feel after your performance at MC Motopark? The weekend couldn’t have gone much better.
I was very proud of myself for making it to Loretta Lynn’s again, once all was said and done at MC Motopark.
Can you give us a run-down of your racing at Loretta’s? Was there anything you could take away from your week at the ranch?
Loretta's started off well, but in the first moto of the 65 10-11 I crashed. I did hurt myself in the class and it didn't allow me to finish at the Ranch. If I could take something back, it would be the crash I had.
What other nationals do you plan on attending for the rest of 2017?
I will be attending the Baja Brawl, Ponca City, and the Mini O’s.
Is it full time 85cc for 2018? Done with the 65cc?
I am done with the 65cc, and will be full on time on the 85cc machine.
Other than racing motocross, what else do you like to do for fun?
I like to hangout with friends and go on bicycle trains around my house.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank, Monster Energy, Team Green, Kawasaki, Pro Circuit, Dunlop, Acerbis, Braking, Cometic Gasket, Get, Hinson, Maxima Oils, Mechanix Wear, Motion Pro, N-Style, Scott, Renthal, Rk Chains, Excel Rims, Uni Filters, Powerband, Alias, Atlas, Bell Helmets, and Tamer Holeshot Device.
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